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Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Anwar, Sara    Junior Business Analyst          New to SFU Beedie Burnaby Administration Beedie School of Business   Bell, Katie Manager, Advanced Professional Studies
Each month, the Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.)
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA has filed a grievance based on article 9.2 of our Basic Agreement. This is to dispute the University's inconsistent distribution of the professional development fund reimbursement payout for temporary members from our last round of bargaining. We hope to resolve this matter as soon as possible.
While many workplaces are well-managed, some are difficult to navigate. A passive-aggressive boss or co-worker, inappropriate comments, actions to significantly increase or decrease your workload, malicious gossip, or unclear communication can result in clashes in the workplace. It can contribute to stress and even long-term health conditions. 
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month. Angheli-Zaicenco, Natalia Director, Communications & Marketing New to SFU Education Office of the Dean Faculty Of Education   Campbell, Kaitlyn Educator EDI, Work Intgrated Learning
Each month, our APSA Advocates answer your questions about workplace challenges, the AD 10 policies and how they’re applied. Questions? Submit them anonymously here. Hello, I'm Laya Behbahani, an advocate on APSA's Advocacy Committee. On behalf of the Committee, I'm answering your questions about the importance of APSA representation during meetings and accessing your own employee file.  
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA has filed a grievance based on article 9.2 of our Basic Agreement. This is to dispute the University's inconsistent distribution of the professional development fund reimbursement payout for temporary members from our last round of bargaining. We hope to resolve this matter as soon as possible.
Vote for your new Board of Directors — 2022 Congratulations to our APSA’s new and re-elected Directors!   Ben Boyle Office Coordinator — Faculty of Communications, Art and Technology
There's been a lot of talk about the SFU budget recently. Notably, a softening job market and other global dynamics have been affecting international and domestic student enrollments, the province is reviewing post-secondary funding models, and it's also a bargaining year, where employee groups are looking for general wage increases to keep up with inflation. There has also been a lot of talk that departments should tighten their belts and wait out this difficult time. 
When Trin came to see me, she was planning on quitting the job she’d held at SFU for five years. She told me that her new supervisor had her work long hours three to four times a week and would text or phone on her weekends about work issues, sometimes late at night.
Dear APSA Members, I’m excited to introduce you to your new Salary and Benefits team. These volunteers exhibit a variety of strengths and represent a range of working groups at SFU. Although we recently completed negotiations in December 2021, the negotiated contract period has now ended, and APSA is preparing for another round of bargaining with SFU.
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Adams, Elizabeth Coordinator Indigenous Student Life New to SFU AVPSI Indigenous Student Centre Assoc VP, Students   Anyankpele, Ruth Human Resources Associate 
Are you looking to help improve other members' work lives? Consider becoming an advocate.
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA has filed a grievance based on article 9.2 of our Basic Agreement. This is to dispute the University's problematic distribution of the professional development fund reimbursement payout for temporary members from our last round of bargaining. We hope to resolve this matter as soon as possible.
How can you decolonize your thinking about leadership and lead your team more equitably and effectively? SFU Continuing Studies offers two unique leadership development programs for leaders who want to make a difference.
APSA's Board of Directors has five open director positions. Are you interested in applying? Director position description A director:
Recently, we've been analyzing the reports and findings of bullying and harassment cases made over the past four years. These are cases where APSA members are typically the complainants—are filing a complaint alleging bullying and harassment against someone else at the University. Our analysis has had some disquieting, preliminary results.  In SFU's bullying and harassment canvas course, the University gives examples of what constitutes bullying and harassment. These include:
After celebrating a jubilant Pride parade this past weekend after a three-year hiatus and seeing the enthusiastic crowds that showed their support, I began to wonder if the LGBTQ+ community feels that same support at work? In 2020, McKinsey quarterly surveyed 2000 employees worldwide. They focused on employees who were LGBTQ+ to find out how inclusive their workplace was for them.
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA advocates have several ongoing grievances and investigations on accommodations, return to work and hours of work. We can't give any details due to confidentiality issues. Please see this infographic on the Life of a Grievance to learn more about how the grievance process works. Hours of Work APSA has launched a working group of advocates to help APSA members determine if their role is eligible for monetary overtime compensation.
Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.) Hello, I’m Angela Vass, Member Services Coordinator for APSA. On behalf of the committee, I’m answering a question posed by an APEX member about a toxic workplace situation at SFU.
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month. Aratake, Miwako       International Student Immigration Advisor   Rehire  AVPSI International Student Services Associate VP, Students   Borg, Erica Marie        Administrative Assistant         Rehire  People & Organization Development   Human Resources   Chireboah-Ansah, Robert      Study Abroad Officer 
Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.) Hello, I’m Laya Behbahani, the chair of APSA’s Advocacy Committee. On behalf of the committee, I’m answering your questions about elective surgeries and sick leave.
On September 21, 2020, there was a presentation by the AASUA (Association of Academic Staff of University of Alberta) and NASA (Non-Academic Staff Association) to their memberships. It was called Lessons From Down Under: Restructuring at the University of Sydney. The Associations discussed the restructuring that followed their senior administrations respective use of UniForum data.
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Acheampong, Deborah Coordinator, Events & Communications Temporary Promotion Computing Science      Faculty of Applied Sciences   Amsden, Jackie    Communications Officer      
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA advocates have several ongoing grievances and investigations on bullying and harassment, return to work and hours of work. We can't give any details due to confidentiality issues. Please see this infographic on the Life of a Grievance to learn more about how the grievance process works. Hours of Work APSA has launched a working group of advocates to help APSA members determine if their role is eligible for monetary overtime compensation.
As part of creating a better working and learning environment for staff with families, SFU felt that a safe, inclusive, welcoming space for breastfeeding/chestfeeding and other feeding-related activities (i.e. pumping, preparing formula etc.) would benefit the entire community.
Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.) Hello, I’m Laya Behbahani, the chair of APSA’s Advocacy Committee. On behalf of the committee, I’m answering your questions about elective surgeries and sick leave.
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month. Al-Autman, Zahra Mohammed         Student Recruitment Liaison Coordinator New to SFU AVPSI Stud Recruitment & Admissions Administration Associate VP Students   Blazs, Laura
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA advocates have several ongoing grievances and investigations on bullying and harassment, return to work and hours of work. We can’t give any details due to confidentiality issues. Please see this infographic on the Life of a Grievance to learn more about how the grievance process works.
In May, Spain's legislative cabinet approved a draft bill to grant paid medical leave for "women who suffer from severe period pain." Spain is the first European country to advance such legislation, as Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia already have such laws. Italy put forward similar legislation in 2017, but it was ultimately not approved. In Canada, an Ontario-based employer recently implemented a company-wide menstrual leave policy of one day a month—up to twelve paid days off a year. While many celebrated the announcement, some questions arose.
Matthew Menzies is an APSA board member and also a member of CUHSC (SFU's Central University Health and Safety Committee). We asked Matthew to speak a bit more about the committee, its work at SFU and how the committee helps with your safety on the various campuses. Can you tell me a little more about what CUHSC is?
While the below letter on the revised procedures was presented to CJ Rowe, who was tasked with receiving feedback, our comments are directed to the University's senior administration, where responsibility for the policy rests.   May 13, 2022 Re: SFU’s Review of GP 47 Policy and Procedures Dear CJ:
The Joint Compensation Review Committee (JCRC) was formed as part of the arbitrated award during the 2014 round of bargaining. Its purpose is to make recommendations for a total compensation package for APSA members.